Tom Swifty

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A Tom Swifty (or Tom Swiftie) is a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed.

Examples

  • “I’ll have a martini,” said Tom, drily (dryly).
  • “Who left the toilet seat down?” Tom asked peevishly.
  • “Pass me the shellfish,” said Tom crabbily.
  • “That’s the last time I’ll stick my arm in a lion’s mouth,” the lion-tamer said off-handedly.
  • “Can I go looking for the Grail again?” Tom requested.
  • “I unclogged the drain with a vacuum cleaner,” said Tom succinctly.
  • “I might as well be dead,” Tom croaked.
  • “We just struck oil!” Tom gushed.
  • “It’s freezing,” Tom muttered icily.
  • “They had to amputate them both at the ankles,” said Tom defeatedly.
  • “I wonder if this radium is radioactive?” asked Marie curiously.
  • “The Battle of the Nile? A lot of fun!” said Lord Nelson disarmingly.
  • “Hurry up and get to the back of the ship!” Tom said sternly.
  • “We could have made a fortune canning pineapples,” Tom groaned dolefully.
  • “I wish I drove a Scandinavian car,” Tom sobbed (Saabed).
  • “Careful with that chainsaw,” Tom said offhandedly.
  • “I’m here,” Tom said presently.
  • “Happy Birthday,” Tom said presently.
  • “Walk this way,” Tom said stridently.
  • “I stole the gold,” Tom confessed guiltily (giltily).
  • “Bingo,” Tom exclaimed winningly.
  • “Where did all the carpet on the steps go?” asked Tom with a blank stare (stair).
  • “I used to be a criminal pilot,” he ex-plained con-descendingly.
  • “I have no flowers,” Tom said lackadaisically.
  • “I know not which groceries to purchase,” Tom said listlessly.
  • “I decided to come back to the group,” Tom rejoined.
  • “Did you say to zip up my sleeping bag or the door?” Tom asked inattentively.
  • “This pizza place is great!” Tom exclaimed saucily.
  • “I dropped my toothpaste,” Tom said crestfallenly.

Related resource: Fun with Words, date indeterminate

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